Judy Davis | OCA Director
Judy Davis has always worked as an advocate in many different fields. Advocacy for people with mental illness is a thread that has continued throughout her work life. Judy was a job developer in Cedar Rapids for the Hawkeye Area Community Action Agency. She then worked with a local agency as a health planner for a 21 county region authoring the first mental health plan for central Iowa and helped with the process of getting the Sands Center at Broadlawns funded with revenue sharing bonds. Judy then worked at Broadlawns and Polk County Health Services. After moving to the Young Women’s Resource Center as the Executive Director for ten years, she retired and fulfilled her dream to receive a BSN in nursing. Most recently (past 10 years), she worked as a community mental health nurse for Eyerly Ball’s PACT and FACT programs as a nurse case manager.
Joshua Gitch| Peer Support Manager
Josh Gitch grew up on a dairy farm just outside the big city of Frederika, Iowa (population 200). Josh graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. Josh worked for seven years as a middle/high school baseball coach for Tripoli. He’s also been a middle/high school substitute teacher, material specialist at John Deere, middle/high school wrestling official and went back to dairy farming for three years before becoming a Peer Support Specialist. Josh has been a PSS for the past two years with Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health’s Peer Support Recovery Center and recently joined the IHH department. Josh has two daughters, ages 9 and 7, that keep him plenty busy. The peer support Josh gives and receives is essential to his recovery. Helping others find the same quality of support and services he himself receives is Josh’s overhanging goal and why he’s so excited to work with the OCA/NAMI.